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Marion Firefighters Get Ready For New Recruit Class

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MARION, Ohio -

Fire stations closed in Marion are ready to go back into service as the city looks for the next generation of firefighters. The levy that was passed will mean faster response times and more manpower if an emergency strikes.

Marion Fire Station No. 2 is one of the stations that closed due to budget concerns.

With the passing of the levy and money now coming into the department, the plan is to get firefighters back on the job.

Capt. Wade Ralph said he can't wait for the next chapter in the long, rich history of Marion fire.

"[The] average age of firefighters in the city is 43. That's five years away from retirement age, so to get 20 or 25-year-old kids in here, that's what it's all about," Ralph said.

The buzz around the additional firefighters is impacting the community.

"We are seeing the attitude and mood of the community change dramatically," Ralph said.

Ed Davis lives across the street from fire station No. 2. He wondered about life and death reality.

"What's going to happen if there's a fire or I have a bad heart, how long will take for them to get here?" Davis said.

With the application process starting, Davis knows he will be covered.

"I don't have far to go with the fire department. I needed it. Marion needs it," Davis said.

The mayor said he thinks it goes beyond safety. It could lead to a stronger business-minded Marion.

"You have to have strong safety forces. They want to come in or expand. This is all part of that process," said Marion Mayor Scott Schertzer.

Ralph said he and the other crew members can't wait to find the next generation of Marion firefighters.

The application period ends on Feb. 19. For more information, click here.

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